Mikyoung is looking forward to speaking at the 2018 Dumbarton Oaks Fall Colloquium on November 2nd, which will bring together eight international speakers — historians, landscape designers, and scientists — to discuss the changing role of botanical gardens in the urban context (as landscapes as well as research and public institutions).

Mikyoung will give a talk titled “Looking to the Future: New Paradigms for Botanic Gardens,” which will focus on her past work on The Regenstein Learning Center at the Chicago Botanic Garden and the McIntire Botanic Garden in Charlottesville, VA. Historically, botanical gardens were created to be educational and community resources, focused on preservation and the study of plants. This colloquium will focus specifically on how the role of design has the ability to maintain the traditional intent of botanical gardens, while meeting the needs of the modern urban landscape.

This event has been created in collaboration with New York Botanical Garden, and was made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s “Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities” initiative, intended to foster the collaboration of the humanities, design, and planning in the context of urbanization.

Dumbarton Oaks is a Research Library and Collection in Washington DC, appropriately situated among a beautiful garden and historical buildings. The event will take place on November 2nd, 2018, and has been approved as a continuing education opportunity by LACES. The full event schedule can be found here.